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    Default Chickaroo Reviews: Hyperdimension Neptunia (PS3)

    Anime girls who represent real life consoles? With boobs?? HECK YEAH! What could possibly go wrong in this JRPG straight from Japan?




    Game: Hyperdimension Neptunia
    Systems: PlayStation 3
    Release Date: August 19, 2010 (Japan), Febuary 15, 2011 (America)
    Price: $30 at GameStop







    The Console Wars
    Story: Our JRPG story today is about four goddesses in the land of Gameindustri. The four goddesses are...Black Heart, who rules over Lastation. Green Heart, who rules over Leanbox. White Heart, who rules over Lowee. And finally, Purple Heart. (Did you get all of that?) These goddesses have been in war for thousands of generations. One day, the goddesses decides that one of them should be gone for good. So Green Heart, White Heart and Black Heart team up in a 3-against-1 battle against Purple Heart. She falls down “dead” and into the world of Gameindustri.
    She wakes up as a girl named Neptune and meets a nice nurse-in-training named Compa and a tomboy-techy girl named IF (nicknamed Iffy.) These three girls embark on a journey to save Gameindustri from monster summoned by the villain named Arfoire.




    Not Complex At All
    Gameplay: You travel to the four different landmasses, menu style! When you get to a landmass, you have a few options. You can go to the “Shop” and buy outfits and weapons for your party members. There’s the “Explore” menu, which allows you to access important events in the area or information on dungeons. “Search” lets you select a dungeon to play.
    In a dungeon, you can run around freely - but only for a bit. You’ve played Pokemon right? And all the random encounters? Well, it’s like that here. You will be stopped for battles every 20 seconds while walking.
    Now the battle system is okay, but slow. You have to wait turns. As well as make up / enter in a combo of attacks. As your characters level up, they learn new attacks that you can enter. This game is very customizable with attacks, endless combos.




    Not Too Hard Either
    Controls: The game isn’t too hard to control either. When selecting a menu, you just use the left analog stick or the D-pad to select. When in dungeons, you just use the analog stick to move around. In battle, you can only use the Triangle, O and X buttons for the combo attacks. Square is used to escape a battle or skip your character’s turn.




    This is The Song That Goes On Forever
    Music: The music for this game is...meh. It’s boring and short, which can go on FOREVER. My only favorite tracks are the tracks that play in the menus of Leanbox and Lastation. The opening theme, “Ryuusei no Bifrost” is a neat epic theme. But that’s all there is to it.




    Anime in 3D!
    Graphics: I heard one critic say that these graphics could’ve been done on the PlayStation 2.
    Bull.
    These graphics are fantastic! The girls look like real 3D anime girls. The details on their faces looks good too. Nothing wrong. And the attack animations are really neat.



    Is this a Good Console War to Experience?
    Overall: Hyperdimension Neptunia is a pretty good JRPG. There are times where you can feel bored doing missions and watching the 2D cutscenes. The characters are cute and interesting. It’s not a “must-play” for all PlayStation 3 users. You better have some patience in this game.
    But for RPG fans, this’ll be a nice game for your collection. So if you like game parodies, you might wanna try the SEGA Neptune.
    See you in the next hyperdimension, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2!~




    SCORE: 3/5
    Last edited by chickaroo1; 29-04-2013 at 22:19.

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